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#1 jphanna

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:05 PM

That quote has been buzzing in my mind for a whole day. it was yesterday late afternoon, when i got a text from a dear friend (and track owner), come over for a run and chat for a few hours. I packed a few cars and away i went. another dear friend and local radio host......was also there.

Cove raceway has magnetic braid. 95% of SA tracks dont. i happen to have 2 magnetic effect motors in 2 of my cars. as i run next to my buddy, it was clear that those motors enabled a much cleaner and faster lap.

my radio host buddy who was running peel off the wrapper and put them on the track box stock cars, then made that claim, of which this thread is titled.

well when i walking into the Pultney street slot car centre where the (AXMAN Built) PURPLE MONSTER track resided, there was a multitude of go faster techniques used by the racers.

1 - goo, so thick you could put a fork in it and woudl still be standing up an hour later
2 - wings did these even look like slot cars when they were not whistling along at insane speeds through the corners
3- sliding pans. brass chassis and womps etc, were a solid flat stamped product. people cut the pans and added hinges and various other things to enable more cornering speed
4- sponge tyres. the grade and colour of these were constantly evolving from the very first batch that surfaced in the 60's.

later on we discovered super thin flexible lexan bodies that hugely improved handling of slot cars compared to those heavy hard plastic ones from the 60's.

today people have gone even further in thier quest for more speed. so from day one.......we buy a car, and all we do is try and make them faster. what part of this is NOT slot car racing? in many ways slot car racing is parallel with 1:1 racign cars. never ending evolution.

so today, the cars are fitted with air rims and trick tyres, magnetic effect motors, etc, if we are not racing slot cars, what are we racing?
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 05:26 AM

certainly sounds like racing slotcars to me...magnets or not.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:23 AM

You can sleep well, all the above is slot car racing, by definition all you need is a slot and a car.
everyone finds their niche.
even slow cars are racing cars, the trick is trying to get the best out of what you have.
We all don't need a Binford 3000 but I do love watching the wing cars go hard, hurts my eyes but they are still impressive to watch.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:38 PM

I started racing 1/24 cars....
The first wing car I setup was hell fast to the point
Of holding my controller flat and the car did 3.5s on Penrithís kindleman track and I didnít have to watch the car....I lost interest in racing 1/24....
Then got introduced to 1/32 now that is slot car racing to me!!!

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 04:22 PM

Gas41t once you have a drive of a Slotworx Supercar or Slotworx Porsche it will change your views on 1/24 racing.Also Scaleauto and Plafit chassis’s are very nice to drive too and easy to setup and the racing is close and enjoyable

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 04:48 PM

I agree tonyA

I just havenít had a chance to drive a slotworx but they appeal to me I tell you that.....
I follow the slotworx post and the new Porsche bodies Camber is incredible designing the slotworx chassisís....
Ps camber is teaching us a lesson in the US/CAN grp5 proxy just quietly...
Iíll have to hit Benno up to give me a drive of one of his slotworx cars when I go racing next....
Whatís funny is I still have all my 1/24 race cars so I guess Iíll race them again one day...

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 06:29 PM

I have raced Wing cars,GTP12,flexis with various different motors,Womps and International 32 in the past and now race 1/32 and 1/24 true scale cars

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:38 PM

Like Tony A., I raced Group 12, Group 20 and Open 1/24 wing cars between 1975 and 1987. Raced 1/32 international class for about 5 years until 2000 at the Bankstown Club track.
Found 1/32 scale racing in Canberra and enjoy that too. The Group class and National Open class are too exxy for me know. Still having fun even with those who think their experience is everything. 😊

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 08:02 AM

View PostTony.A, on 16 April 2018 - 04:22 PM, said:

Gas41t once you have a drive of a Slotworx Supercar or Slotworx Porsche it will change your views on 1/24 racing.Also Scaleauto and Plafit chassis’s are very nice to drive too and easy to setup and the racing is close and enjoyable

But do you want to spend $150 - $200 per car?

Also you have to put up with the politics, didn't find it much fun, 1:32 groups are much more fun as it is more laidback.

My experience only and as I said before there is a niche for everyone, I don't think one form is either better or worse than another.
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:04 AM

No politics where I race and I would rather spend that sort of money on a well built car than some of the 1/32 cars where you need to spend another $50 or more on top of the purchase price to get them to run properly .But in saying that there is no one scale that is better than the other as it depends on one’s finances,space availability,what is being run at your local centre and what your own personal preference is.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 05:08 PM

In my past have enjoyed all scales of slot cars , when i started there was only 1/32 club racing in those days Scalextric and the then new Airfix but things were mooving along fairly rapidly with MRRC joining the fray who also produced 1/24 th cars i actually had a MRRC Ford J car in 1/24 th scale in 1967 if memory serves me well, but it was already outclassed by the early home made chassis starting to come along then, seem to remember the motor in that was a bigger version of their clubman motor .
In the latter end of the 60,s 1/24 really took of what with the raceway scene i was fortunate enough by then to be able to drive for Team Russkit over here on some occasions and it was great fun being supplied with the latest cars and all the equipment that went with it , the late Barrie Wade run the operations over here , and my racing at that period was mainly 1/24th but the Hornchurch club was a 1/32 club as on their track you could not run 1/24 to large so i had the best of both worlds until i finished in 1972.
I do think that any slot car is a real slot car, racing with my first Airfix Lotus to my last 1/24th Ferrari 330 p4 , never ran magnets but some of the latter cars with their specialised chassis , plummers , double plummers and the like with aero kits lightweight bodies were real flyers on the raceways loved them, but never forgot about 1/32 and when i came back into this around 7 years ago all 1/32 now, but i do miss the 1/24 th cars standing on the drivers rostrum at a place like Reed paper mills with a really fast car on the track is a great feeling.





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